Remains of ancient oil jars photographed by a camera lowered into a cave somewhere in the Middle East?
Nope. Each is hardly much bigger than my thumbnail and they are made of mud, by potter wasps. All found during a spring clean of my house.
You never know what you’ll find inside your home in the tropics. Apart from the ubiquitous roaches and other sundry insects, I have — over the years in this house — found the following either inside or on the verandah:
- Cobras, grass-green whip-snake,
- house rats, some kind of native rat with a white belly, shrews, house mice, plantain squirrel,
- treeshrews (which is not a rodent),
- three foot monitor lizards, common house geckoes (chichak), another larger gecko with reddish spots,
- common palm civets,
- oriental magpie robin, yellow-vented bulbul, white-throated kingfisher, pied fantail, white vented myna,
- scorpions, centipedes including the long-legged centipede, millipedes,
- crickets and grasshoppers, jewel beetles, click beetles, longhorn beetles, rhinoceros beetles, moths larger than my hand,
- frogs (including treefrogs), horned toads,
- earthworms, blindworms (not sure what the correct name is),
- spiders (including jumping spiders, and a huntsman carrying around twenty thousand babies that ran off in twenty thousand different directions)
- monkeys — macaques and also leaf monkeys (neither inside the house but up on the roof),
- neighbourhood cats of all colours and sizes…
I think I’ll stop there.